For the second time this season the College of Staten Island women’s tennis team followed up a tough loss with a big win, this time scoring a critical, 7-2, winner over visiting Baruch College in both team’s CUNYAC openers at the CSI Tennis Center.  CSI evened to 2-2 overall on the season and 1-0 in the CUNYAC, while the Bearcats, last year’s CUNYAC Postseason Championship runner-up, fell to 0-3, 0-1, respectively.
The Dolphins got going on the right foot early, posting up an early 2-1 advantage after doubles play, in what amounted to three one-sided matches.  CSI took flights one and three.  At No. 1 Doubles, the team of senior Gabriella Villarruel and freshman Ilona Stoyko scored an 8-0 win, while the pair of Yelena Rasporskaya and Qing Li took an 8-3 set over at the No. 3 position.  At No. 2, Baruch got on the board with Natasha Gregorio and Anna Komar’s 8-1 win over CSI’s Nancy Almazo and Justine Kuna.
It was in singles play, however, that CSI stormed ahead to get the decisive win.  Kuna scored a quick 6-, 6-0 winner to put CSI up 3-1, and shortly after, both Villarruel and Rasporskaya won identical, 6-3, 6-1, matches to clinch the win.  CSI also added wins at No. 2 (Stoyko over Naraine, 6-0, 7-5) and at No. 4 (Li over Komar, 6-2, 6-4).
The win was an impressive one for the women’s tennis team, who had never taken a match over the Bearcats since Head Coach Paul Ricciardi took over the reigns.
“They are a very fine tennis program, and although this could be a down year for them, I am really high on how we are playing right now,” the skipper said.
CSI will go back to work on Friday, when they travel to York College to take on the Cardinals in another CUNYAC test, at 4pm.Boxscore


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer made it a perfect two-for-two in their opening week of play, going on the road today to turn back the Dolphins of the College of Mount St. Vincent by a 4-0 count.  CSI, which scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of play are now 2-0 to start their season while MSV fell to 0-3.
The Dolphins, who scattered nine goals in their opener over NYU-Polytechnic, wasted little time against MSV, grabbing the lead at the 8:16 mark of the first half, as freshman striker Demi-Jean Martorano forced a turnover just outside the box and uncorked a shot passed MSV keeper Kara McNiss to give CSI the lead that it ultimately would never relinquish.
The gritty game only saw a total of 9 shots in the first half, with CSI holding six of those shots.  Still, CSI made their opportunities count, and just 3:25 after Martorano’s goal, captain Lauren Neglia knocked in her third of the season off of a Christina Sgarlato corner kick, placing a ball in the far post to give CSI a commanding 2-0 advantage just 11:41 into the game.
While Victoria Donegan made one lone save in the half, the Dolphins took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.  In an almost carbon copy of the first half, CSI scored another pair of quick goals in the second frame.  Despite only up three shots on goal in the half, CSI made their shots stand.
At the 50:14 mark, Martorano struck again slicing a shot through the box off of a Neglia corner kick to make it 3-0.  Just 1:43 later, at 52:07, midfielder Paige Buono, who did an outstanding job of ball possession all game, came through with an unassisted tally, heading a ball down in the box and striking passed McNish for the 4-0 win.
CSI senior keeper Danielle McLaughlin came in with just over 16 minutes left to share the shutout win with Donegan, with each grabbing two saves in the effort.  CSI out shot MSV, 11-9 (8-3 on goal).
Head Coach John Guagliardo was pleased with the comprehensive effort.
“Our defenders in the back did an outstanding job, and our midfield really anchored play,”  he said.  “This was a nice effort and one to build on for next week.”
CSI will be back in action on Wednesday, September 15, when they travel to Madison, New Jersey, to take on FDU-Florham for a 7pm contest.Boxscore


William Paterson University scored a straight-set, 25-14, 25-11, 25-8, win over the College of Staten Island in women’s volleyball action tonight, spoiling the Dolphins home opener under first-year head coach Melissa Quiles.  The Dolphins are now 0-2 to start the season, while the Pioneers have run their season-opening win skein to 4-0.
The visitors were crisp from start to finish, earning a host of attacks and scoring blocks of points via the service.  In the opener, WPU nursed a thin, 9-8, advantage, before the Pioneers called for timeout, and they regrouped to score the 25-14 win.  The Pioneers whipped up 10 kills in the frame next to just two errors.
WPU was more effective in games two and three, out-killing the Dolphins, 17-10, and committing just four attack errors to the Dolphins’ 16.  In the meantime, the visitors piled up a game-total 17 service aces, compiling 24 assists to the Dolphins’ 13.
Leading the way for WPU was Michelle Leeder, who gathered 9 kills to go with a pair of service aces and three digs.  Jillian Bronowich was deadly behind the line, serving up 12 aces to go with four digs, while the Pioneers were paced defensively by Kim Runge who notched 12 digs next to five kills.  The Dolphins were paced by Joanna Tepedino’s five kills on 12 attempts.  Danielle Ponsiglione garnered 11 of CSI’s 13 service aces, while frosh Vasiliki Stergioula pulled off six digs.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday afternoon to open their CUNYAC season.  The team will travel to York College to face both Lehman College and John Jay College, beginning at 1pm.  The games will be heard live on CSI SportsNet.


The Dolphins took their first victory of the season in an extremely close match against Farmingdale State College, 5-4, on Wednesday evening. CSI evens out to a 1-1 overall record.
Starting doubles off with two losses didn’t bring CSI down. The team of Qing Li and Tara Colao defeated their opponents 8-5 in the last match of doubles.
Gabriella Villarruel won by a score of 6-3, 6-4 in first singles while Ilona Stoyko defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-3 in second singles to bring CSI ahead by one match. Nancy Almazo dropped third singles by scores of 2-6, 3-6 as Qing Li came back with the win in an invigorating match as she fell the first set 1-6 and came back strong with a 6-3 and 10-3 finish. Justine Kuna finished 5th singles with a win, 6-4, 3-6 and 10-4, as she was the last player to finish the entire game and settle the teams tie-breaker. tara Colao dropped the last singles spot in a well fought match 2-6, 6-3 and 9-11.
I’m very excited about of first win,” says happy head coach Paul Ricciardi, “I’m so proud of the effort these women put in tonight, this is definitly a good indication of what is to come.”


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team got off to a promising start to the 2010 campaign, coasting to a 9-1 win in their season and home opener against the NYU-Polytechnic Fighting Blue Jays.  The Dolphins, who outshot their opponents 46-1, will start their season 1-0 while the Fighting Blue Jays, playing in their first intercollegiate contest as a varsity program, begin their season 0-1.
The Dolphins wasted little time, hitting paydirt at the 5:19 mark when freshman Demi-Jean Martorano scored her first career tally, grabbing a turnover  and striking one in from the left side of the goal mouth passed NYU-Poly keeper Catherine Mistretta.
Less than three minutes later, CSI made it 2-0 on a Paige Buono hammer-home shot via a Natalie Tombasco entry pass.  By the time the first half was said and done, Tombasco scored her own goal at 11:15, Martorano added her second at 24:13, and captain Lauren Neglia came in unabated for another to make it 5-0 at the half.
CSI added four more markers in the second half, including another first career tally, this time by Cassandra Black at 56:33.  NYU-Poly did get a great highlight at the 86:01 mark, when Annamarie Smith corralled a would-be clear-out attempt and struck her pass for a goal behind CSI’s Danielle McLaghlin to came in to play the second half.  Six different scorers cracked the scoring column for CSI, who also owned a 11-0 advantage in corner kicks.
CSI is back in action on Saturday, when they travel to the College of Mount Saint Vincent for a 12 Noon non-conference contest.Boxscore


College of Staten Island women’s soccer kicks off the 2010 season today with a 5:00 pm game start against NYU-Polytech at the CSI Soccer Field. After finishing 3-11-2 in the 2009 season, the Dolphins are back and have been working hard for a more promising season.
With six freshmen and nine first year players, the young Dolphins have a lot to do. “We’re a new and young team,” states sixth year Head Coach John Guagliardo, “But we’re faster, quicker smarter and better.”
In goal for the Dolphins will be freshman Victoria Donegan. “She was the best goalie on the island in high school,” says Guagliardo of the 5-8 keeper, “Donegan will add atleast three or four wins to our schedule just by being in goal for us.” Sharing the duties of goalkeeper is former CSI basketball star Daniellie McLaughlin who sees her first year on the roster with senior status.
“She’s got a nose for the net,” says Guagliardo of freshman forward Demi-Jean Martorano who will serve as a key scorer. Moved from her original position, veteran player Paige Buono will be playing center-mid along with senior Lauren Neglia and senior Michelle Kelley. Guagliardo is confident with the trio reporting that, “The three of them are the base of our team’s strength.”
At mid-field are Christina Sgarlato and Natalie Tombasco. Defense will be led by two-team athlete Nicole Quattrocchi along with Jessica Levy and heavily recruited freshman Amanda Peccacio. “My mid-fielders are very physical and I’m very excited about defense is rock solid,” states the head coach.
Freshman Cassandra Black will add a lot of depth to the mid-field while Christina Jacob and Stephanie McNichol will share the stopper position defensively. Helping up front on offense will be sophomores Christina Flynn and Nicole Iacona.
The Dolphins suffer the loss of Valerie Incontrera who tore her ACL in the team’s scrimmage a few weeks ago.
Hoping to bring the CUNYAC Championship trophy back to CSI, Guagliardo believes, “We are a very young team but I am so optimistic about how the season will turn out.”


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team will be opening up their 2010 season today, taking on NYU-Polytechnic at the CSI Soccer Complex at 5pm.  If you can’t make it to the game today you can follow the action live on the web via CSI SportsNet.  CSI SportsNet’s Michael Baybusky will anchor the call alongside David Pizzuto.  Coverage begins 20 minutes before kickoff.  The direct link to the broadcast is available at http://www.csidolphins.com/livegames.asx.
Coming off of a tough 3-11-2 season in 2009, the Dolphins are rtooled and reorganized for what they hope will be a spirited climb to the top of the CUNYAC standings.  The team boasts 13 new faces this year under head coach John Guagliardo.  This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.


The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team is still looking to crack the win column for the 2010 season, and will take their show on the road for a non-conference test against SUNY-Maritime in Throggs Neck, NY.  Kick-off is 5pm.  If you can’t make it to the game you can follow the action live on the web via CSI SportsNet.  CSI SportsNet’s Michael Baybusky will anchor the call with Sal Caruso.  Coverage begins 20 minutes before first serve at 4:40pm.  The direct link to the broadcast is available at http://www.csidolphins.com/livegames.asx.
CSI has had a series of near misses to start the season.  The team is 0-5-1 to start the season, having lost a pair of one goal games, including a gritty 3-2 loss to Brooklyn College on Wednesday.  CSI was down 3-0 just 16 minutes into the game, before resurrecting their game in time to come to within one.  Maritime enters tonight’s contest with a 1-3 mark.